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Sports Spectrum Podcast

Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, and now with over 2.5 million downloads, Sports Spectrum's podcast features stories on the intersection of sports and faith.
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Jan 21, 2022

Reid Ferguson is in his 6th season with the Buffalo Bills as their long snapper. He played his college football at LSU before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Bills in 2016. 

Today, Brock Huard talks to Reid Ferguson about their playoff victory over the Patriots, preparing for their divisional matchup with the Chiefs, his journey of faith in Christ, being in the NFL with a brother who plays for the Dolphins, and what discipleship has looked like in the Bills locker room this year.

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Jan 19, 2022

John Cooper is the founder and lead singer of the successful rock band Skillet. The two-time GRAMMY Award-nominated 12x platinum band was recently invited into Pandora’s Billionaire club after garnering 2 billion streams.  Between selling out arenas on four continents, Cooper has found time to launch his own podcast, COOPER STUFF PODCAST, and released his first book, "Awake and Alive to Truth" in 2020. 

Skillet's latest album "Dominion" released on January 14th and the first single, "Surviving the Game" has reached over 3.6 million views on YouTube. Skillet's music has been featured on ESPN, MARVEL, MLB, WWE, NFL and the NHL. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to John about the heart behind Skillet's new album, having his music featured on the World Series or ESPN and his love for Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics as a kid. 

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Jan 17, 2022

Mitch Canham is the head baseball coach for the Oregon State. In 2021, he led the Beavers to 37-24 record and reached the NCAA Regionals. 

As a player, Canham was a member of the back-to-back College World Series championship teams with Oregon State in 2006 and 2007. He was selected with the 57th overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres and played 9 seasons of minor league baseball reaching as high as Triple-A. 

Canham has also overcome multiple moments of tragedy losing his mom to a drug overdose as a freshman in college and a few years later in 2008, losing his brother Dustin, who was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corp. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Mitch about coaching at his alma mater, coming to faith in Jesus and trusting in God amidst tragedy. 

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Jan 16, 2022

Chris Caulk grew up a huge USC football fan. HIs dream was to play college football at USC. After attending junior college out of high school and 3 rejections from the Trojans, he was accepted to USC and tried out for the football team. With faith guiding him, Chris fulfilled his dream. 

His story is a modern day version of the movie "Rudy."

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Jan 14, 2022

Ben Hartsock played 10 years in the NFL as a tight end with the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers. He won a national championship in college with the Ohio State Buckeyes back in 2002. 

Today, Brock Huard talks to Ben about Georgia’s win over Alabama, his journey of faith, being a Romans 12 man and the life lessons that college football teaches.

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Jan 12, 2022

Kristin Wodrich is the women's head basketball coach for the University of Indianapolis. After earning her first head coaching position in the spring of 2016, Wodrich guided the Greyhounds to a seven-win improvement in 2016-17. winning 17 games and  culminating in an appearance in the GLVC Tournament semifinals. 

Wodrich and the Greyhounds had one of their best seasons yet in 2019-20, earning a 19-10 overall record and the sixth seed in the GLVC Tournament. The record marked the highest win total during Wodrich’s tenure, including their 12-8 record within the conference. 

As a player at UMBC, Wodrich was a four-year letter winner for University of Maryland Baltimore County from 2004-2008 and helped guide the team to the 2007 America East championship and a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament. She was named to the America East All-Conference Third Team as a senior in 2008 after averaging 11.4 points per game. She graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in broadcast communications and exercise physiology.

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Jan 10, 2022

Terry Evans is the team chaplain for the Atlanta Braves. He also serves with UPI, Unlimited Potential Inc, with a desire to teach and equip baseball players to grow deeper in their walk with Jesus Christ. 

Before becoming a chaplain, Terry was a pro baseball player. He was selected in the 47th round of the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and six years later, would make his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Angels in June of 2007. His pro career ended in 2012 and soon thereafter, Evans found himself becoming the chaplain for the Braves the following year in 2013. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Terry Evans about the World Series, why he missed attending the Braves clinching win over the Astros, how he became a team chaplain and his mission to help baseball players become followers of Christ. 

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Jan 9, 2022

Bhrett McCabe, Ph.D is a clinical and sports psychologist, author and former LSU baseball player. He is a member of 2 National Championship teams and 3 College World Series teams with the Tigers and earned his doctorate at LSU in clinical Psychology. 

Currently, he is the Sports and Performance Psychologist for the University of Alabama Athletic Department, providing services to all sports, including the 2015, 2017, and 2020 National Championship Football Teams.

Over the past 10 years, Dr. McCabe has become a trusted resource for amateur, collegiate, and professional golfers on the PGA, LPGA, and Korn Ferry Tours. In 2019-2020 season and so far in 2020-2021, his professional clients have amassed over $17 million in earnings.

He is the author of  “Break Free from Suckville” and "The MindSide Manifesto: The Urgency to Create a Competitive Mindset" and the host of The Secrets to Winning podcast highlighting guests across sports, business, entrepreneurship, and organizational culture.

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Jan 7, 2022

Mike Smith is a longtime football coach who was the head coach of the Falcons from 2008-2014 and led Atlanta to the postseason in four of his seven seasons. He was named the 2008 NFL Coach of the Year and led Atlanta to the NFC Championship Game in 2012.

As an assistant coach with the Baltimore, Mike Smith helped the 2000 Ravens to a Super Bowl championship.  

Today on the podcast, Jade McCarthy talks to coach Smith about his role coaching in the 2022 Hula Bowl, his NFL coaching career, the 2021 season and the importance of his faith in the Lord.

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The 2022 Hula Bowl airs on Saturday January 15, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. EST on CBS Sports Network. You can learn more at http://HulaBowl.com

Jan 5, 2022

Jay McAuley is the men's head basketball coach with Wofford University. In college, Jay played basketball with the University of Georgia and went into coaching upon graduation. After assistant coaching stops with Wofford, Gardner-Webb and Furman, Jay returned to Wofford and was named head coach on April 14, 2019.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Jay about his coaching journey, his game day routine, creating a successful culture, the importance of prayer and the importance of God's timing in his life. 

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Jan 3, 2022

Damien Woody is a two-time Super Bowl champion who played 12 seasons with the Patriots, Lions and Jets. He was selected 17th overall by the New England Patriots in the 1999 NFL Draft and played five seasons with the Pats, four with the Lions and three with the Jets. He announced his retirement from the NFL in July of 2011 and joined ESPN as an NFL analyst a few weeks later. 

During his career, Woody played with and blocked for legendary quarterbacks Brett Favre and Tom Brady and was a member of two Super Bowl winning teams in 2001 and 2003 with the New England Patriots. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Damien about his NFL playing career, his transition to broadcasting, his journey of faith, why he has a heart to give back to children and how he became an NHL super-fan with the New York Islanders. 

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Jan 2, 2022

Kyle Idleman is the senior pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He speaks to more than 30,000 people each weekend. He is the author of the bestselling book, "Not a Fan" and "Grace is Greater" 

His new book "ONE AT A TIME: The Unexpected Way God Wants to Use You to Change the World" releases January 11, 2022. 

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Dec 31, 2021

Hendon Hooker is the starting QB for the Tennessee Volunteers. In the 2021 TransPerfect Music City Bowl against Purdue on December 30, 2021, Hooker passed for 378 yards and 5 touchdown passes. 

His new comic book "The ABC's of Scripture for Athletes" is available now. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Hendon Hooker about his decision to return to Tennessee in 2022 and why he felt the Lord led him to create this new comic book.

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Dec 29, 2021

Caleb Joseph is a professional baseball player who was selected in the 7th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft. He made his MLB debut in May of 2014. He played five seasons with the Baltimore Orioles from 2014-2018 and spent one season in 2019 with the Diamondbacks and one with the Blue Jays in 2020. In 2021, he spent time with the Mets and the Mariners. 

On the show today, Caleb Joseph shares transparent stories of living on a very low income as a minor league baseball player and how he stewarded his money after becoming a big league player. Connor Lowery from Ronald Blue Trust also joins the conversation to share encouragement for all of us in how to handle our finances well. 

Today’s podcast is presented by Ronald Blue Trust — Ronald Blue Trust advisors apply biblical wisdom and technical expertise to help clients make wise financial decisions to experience clarity and confidence and leave a lasting legacy. With nearly $11.5 billion of assets under advisement and a nationwide network of 16 offices, they offer comprehensive financial services and objective advice to over 10,000 clients across the wealth spectrum in all 50 states.

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Dec 27, 2021

Tim Elko is a member of the Ole Miss baseball team and the SEC’s reigning Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In 2021, he was a preseason All-American and team captain, but suffered a torn ACL in April. Incredibly, he returned a month later and was a pivotal member of the Ole Miss baseball team’s postseason run.

In last season’s NCAA Oxford Regional, Elko hit a grand slam in the opening game against Southeast Missouri, then had two home runs and led his team to a victory in the finale against Southern Mississippi a few days later. Ole Miss was eliminated by Arizona in the Super Regionals.

Today on the podcast, Elko shares about the highs and lows of 2021, suffering a torn ACL, returning to play, and why his desire is to be a light for Jesus Christ to a hurting world through the game of baseball.

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Dec 26, 2021

Luke Norsworthy is the senior minister of Westover Hills Church and the author of "God over Good" and "Befriending Your Monsters." He also hosts a weekly podcast called "Norsworthy," discussing faith in the modern world. 

Today, Cole Claybourn speaks to pastor Luke about being a collegiate athlete, the lessons that sports teaches us about faith and life, using sports illustrations in his sermons and how an NFL quarterback's family helped him move forward after the loss of his mother. 

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Dec 24, 2021

Mark Schlereth is an NFL analyst with FOX Sports and a 3-time Super Bowl champion from his 12-year career as an offensive lineman in the NFL with Washington and Denver. 

Today, Jade McCarthy talks to Mark about the 2021 NFL season, loving the process, being part of a team, his morning devotionals and what Christmas means to him.

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Dec 22, 2021

Steve Stenstrom is a former NFL quarterback who played six seasons with the Bears, 49ers, Lions and Broncos. In college, Steve was a standout quarterback for Stanford under coaches Denny Green and Bill Walsh. He holds numerous passing records including total passing yards and completions.

After his playing career ended in 2001, Steve went into sports ministry and is currently the President of Pro Athletes Outreach and Sports Spectrum.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Steve about his journey to Jesus, his NFL Draft experience, grieving the loss of his brother, turning 50 years old, leading a pro athlete ministry and what it was like to play with Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens.

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Dec 20, 2021

Andre Wadsworth was selected third overall in the 1998 NFL Draft after a stellar college career at Florida State. During his college career with the Seminoles, Wadsworth was named to the First or Second-Team All ACC all four years. In 1997, he finished his season with 16 sacks and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

Regarded as the top prospect in the 1998 NFL Draft, Wadsworth was selected third to the Arizona Cardinals behind Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf. His rookie year, he helped the Cardinals reach the second round of the playoffs. Injuries would take a toll on Wadsworth, who has had multiple knee surgeries that ultimately would end his career in 2007.

Currently, he is the Senior Executive Pastor and founder of IMPACT CHURCH in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Andre about his current role as a pastor, his desire to disciple and help people grow in their faith, the lessons he learned from playing for Florida State legendary coach Bobby Bowden, and why he continues to trust in God during a difficult season of life.

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Dec 19, 2021

Jordan Raynor is a bestselling author and serial entrepreneur who has helped millions of Christians connect the gospel to their work. 

His latest Book “REDEEMING YOUR TIME: 7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present and Wildly Productive” released October 19, 2021

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Dec 17, 2021

Former NFL Quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner joins us today to talk about the new film "American Underdog" being released and what it was like to have a movie made about your life. 

American Underdog is in theaters on Christmas Day. You can order your tickets here

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Dec 16, 2021

Dalton Risner is the starting left guard for the Denver Broncos. He joins Jade McCarthy today to talk about his amazing tattoos, starting his Risner Up Foundation, leaving a lasting legacy, honoring the late Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas in last week’s win over Detroit, and previewing the matchup against Cincinnati this coming Sunday.

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Dec 15, 2021

Samantha Ricketts is the head softball coach at Mississippi State. She was named to her current position in July 2019 after coaching stops at Wichita State and as an assistant at Mississippi State. In her first season, she became the fastest head coach in program history to reach 20 wins, doing so in 23 games and is the only coach in program history to have her team nationally ranked at some point during her first year.

Prior to coaching, she played softball at Oklahoma University under head coach Patty Gasso. During her time with the Sooners, she was a two time All-American and team captain.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Samantha Ricketts about leadership, serving others, lessons learned at Oklahoma from Patty Gasso, living a faith-filled life, and the importance of Philippians 4:6.

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Dec 13, 2021

Anita Howard is the head coach of Georgia Southern's Women's basketball team. She is the first African American female head coach at Georgia Southern and was named to her current position back in April of 2019. Prior to that, she spent three years at Columbus State University where she led her squad to the Elite Eight and two NCAA Division II championship appearances.

In college, Howard was a standout basketball player with Fort Valley State, earning SIAC Defensive Player of the Year honors all three seasons. She transferred to Armstrong State for the 2002-03 season and led the club to their first ever NCAA championship appearance.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Anita Howard about her role with Georgia Southern, what leading with Christ in front looks like as a coach, being married to a fellow coach, making the faith that she grew up with her own, and balancing being a wife, mother and coach.

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Dec 12, 2021

Johnny Agar is an inspiration to so many. He's gained international attention when he walked a mile in his church’s annual 5K. That sounds like an odd reason for fame, except for the reality of Johnny’s severe cerebral palsy. Even with a lifetime of physical therapy before this race, the longest distance he’d ever previously walked was twenty-three steps.

Johnny Agar and his mom Becky join the podcast today to share their amazing story and how God has guided them through it all. 

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